Mars Chocolate Unveils New Solar Garden
602 kWs to power 100% of Ethel M. Chocolate Factory
Albuquerque, NM – 2/23/12 – Mars Chocolate North America unwrapped a new 602 KW solar facility at its Henderson, NV. chocolate factory today, enabling the Ethel M. Chocolate Factory to power its entire operation off clean solar energy.
Array Technologies DuraTrack HZ™ system was chosen for the site, due to its reliability, simplicity of design and ability to generate up to 25% more energy than fixed rack applications, ensuring a maximum return on the investment over the project’s lifetime.
The largest solar facility in Nevada for a food manufacturer, the site is owned and operated by a subsidy of juwi solar, and Mars will use the energy produced under a 25 year power-purchasing agreement.
Located near Ethel M’s Botanical Cactus Garden, a viewing spot allows visitors to see the solar field firsthand.
About Array Technologies
Array Technologies, Inc., provides unequalled expertise in engineering and manufacturing innovative solar tracking systems for utilities, corporations, and small businesses worldwide. Array’s patented tracker designs have established the standard for cost-effective, robust, reliable, and easy to install tracking solutions. Headquartered in Albuquerque, NM, Array Technologies’ trackers are manufactured in the USA. For more information, please visit us atwww.arraytechinc.com.
About Mars Chocolate North America
Mars Chocolate North America is the North American chocolate operations of Mars, Incorporated. In 1911, Frank C. Mars made the first Mars candies in his Tacoma, Washington kitchen and established Mars’ first roots as a confectionery company. In the 1920s, Forrest E. Mars, Sr. joined his father in business and together they launched the MILKY WAY® bar. In 1932, Forrest, Sr. moved to the United Kingdom with a dream of building a business based on the philosophy of a “mutuality of benefits” for all stakeholders – this vision serves as the foundation of the Mars, Incorporated we are today. Based in McLean, Virginia, Mars has net sales of more than $30 billion and six business segments including Petcare, Chocolate, Wrigley, Food, Drinks and Symbioscience. More than 65,000 Associates worldwide are putting our Mars Principles in action every day to make a difference for people and the planet through our performance.
Mars brands include: Chocolate – M&M’S®, SNICKERS®, DOVE®, GALAXY®, MARS®, MILKY WAY® and TWIX®; Petcare – PEDIGREE®, WHISKAS®, SHEBA®, CESAR® and ROYAL CANIN®; Wrigley – ORBIT®, EXTRA®, STARBURST®, DOUBLEMINT® and SKITTLES®; Food – UNCLE BEN’S®, DOLMIO®, EBLY®, MASTERFOODS® and SEEDS OF CHANGE®; Drinks – ALTERRA COFFEE ROASTERS™, THE BRIGHT TEA CO.™, KLIX® and FLAVIA®; Symbioscience –SERAMIS®, CIRKU™ and COCOAVIA™.
For more information, please visit www.mars.com.
About Ethel M Chocolates
Ethel M Chocolates are manufactured and sold by the Mars Retail Group, dedicated to creating authentic chocolates with no preservatives. Ethel M Chocolates are available in seven locations throughout Southern Nevada, online at www.EthelM.com or by phone at (800) 471-0352.